Cell phone company offering money for youth groups

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A cell phone company wants to help Charlottesville-area youth organizations.

U.S. Cellular's Community Connections program offers local youth organizations a chance to earn up to $1,000.

This is the fifth year for the program that provides sponsorship support to help youth groups pay for expenses that can include travel, equipment, and uniforms.

“We know there are thousands of kid-focused organizations and groups that are in need of financial support, and the Community Connections program is one way that we can help them achieve their goals,” Said Bertram Daniels, the area sales manager at U.S. Cellular. “As a company, we have a longstanding commitment to kids and education, and we want to help provide them unique and meaningful experiences, something we know these groups can provide.”

Since 2015, the program has awarded more than $1.3 million to some 2,900 groups across the country that have included traveling sports teams, STEM programs, school marching bands and dance squads.

Academic and athletic groups that represent kids and teen up to 12th grade can sign up by clicking on the link in the Related Links box.

Once registered, groups have 14 days to rally friends, families and supporters to complete certain online activities.

Any money the group receives, up to $1,000, goes directly to the organization.

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